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In-Home Salons: How Do We Start?

In-home salons and mobile hairdressing was growing in popularity before the COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020 put many hair and beauty salons around the world on hold. The convenience of having a professional hairdresser or stylist come to a client’s home directly was unparalleled.

During COVID-19 lockdowns, a mobile hairdressing appointment meant that you could still get your hair cut whilst remaining in the safety of your home and hairdressers and stylists could continue working and making sure everyone looks their best without risk.

Now that restrictions are lifted and life is busier than ever, in-home salons have become ever more popular, and the dedication is only building.

What Do You Need To Start An In-Home Salon?

In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the regulations for opening an in-home salon depend on the type of services you intend to offer. For hairdressing or beauty services for profit, you will need to obtain a license from the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

If you plan to operate a hairdressing business from your home, you will need to meet certain requirements and obtain approval from your local council.

For example, some councils may require that you have a separate entrance to your salon, a separate bathroom, enough ventilation, or certain health and safety measures in place.

You may also need to obtain public liability insurance and register your business with the Australian Taxation Office.

If I’m Renting, Am I Allowed To Have An In-Home Salon?

Whether landlords allow in-home salons can vary depending on their individual policies and the type of rental property you are living in.

Some landlords might allow in-home salons as long as they do not violate any zoning or building codes and do not cause damage to the property. However, other landlords may have specific restrictions on operating a business from their rental property, especially if the business involves the use of chemicals, equipment or has high foot traffic.

If you are considering opening an in-home salon, be sure to consult with your landlord or property manager before proceeding. Be transparent about your intentions and seek written permission before starting your business to avoid any potential conflicts or legal issues.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to have adequate insurance coverage to protect yourself in case of any accidents or liability issues that may arise from operating your business from your rental property.

Turn Your Passion Into Your Own Home Business

Setting up an in-home salon can be a great way to turn your passion for beauty or hairdressing into a profitable business while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of working from home.

However, it’s important to research and comply with all relevant regulations and requirements, obtain any necessary licenses or permits, and ensure that you have the support of your landlord or property manager.

By following these guidelines and offering excellent service to your clients, you can create a successful and rewarding in-home salon that allows you to do what you love while making a living. Good luck and happy salon-ing!

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